We’re pregnant!

I’m 17 weeks along and there’s no turning back now. We found out pretty early at just 3 weeks and were very surprised… here’s the story!

My husband and I had been thinking about “trying” for more than a year, but something always seemed to “come up,” before we pulled the literal trigger…

(TMI?) We’re talking about making babies here… 😉

People would constantly tell us “there’s never a good time,” and still we waited…

Finally, we decided to give it a go and see what happens…

That was in July.

The next month, during a trip to visit Steve’s family in Minnesota, we found out it worked! Yup, first try. Steve’s so proud.

However, I really didn’t think it was going to work and was incredibly nervous about possible problems. The day before we found out, I had purchased an Ovulation Testing Kit so we could keep track of everything.

Back to the story…

The day we flew into Minnesota, Steve and I stopped at a liquor store to pick up some wine and such as a gift to his parents. Once we got there… the corks were popped and we had a grand old time.

Steve’s mom and I finished off at least one bottle of wine each as we were catching up… It was lovely!

That night, I woke up suddenly around 3am, with a pit in my stomach… “I’m pregnant,” I thought. “What have I done?”

I don’t know what it was that made me feel so strongly. I truly had no inkling of pregnancy before then.

The next morning we made an excuse to go to Target.

We bought a pregnancy test, I ran to the handicap bathroom (I needed extra privacy), and Steve went to Starbucks to grab me a coffee.

I swear the second pink line showed up almost instantly, but I was afraid to believe it. So I covered it up and waited the full 2 minutes before checking again. Yup — two lines. I was pregnant.

I honestly wasn’t sure if it was real.  I just looked at myself in the mirror and thought “is this what being pregnant looks like?”

It sounds silly reflecting on it now, but I really couldn’t believe it.

I sent a picture of the test to my best friend who also happens to be a nurse practitioner in women’s health, to see if the test could be wrong.  She called immediately and that’s when I realized I had to tell Steve before I spoke to anyone about it.

Now the question was how was I supposed to surprise Steve. I had this grand idea that I’d tell him in some super cute way.  Now… it was me, in a Target bathroom with a pregnancy test wrapped in a paper towel… Oh well.

I met him in Starbucks and walked him outside to the picnic table where Target employees take their lunch breaks. I handed him the wrapped up test.

He couldn’t believe it! He thought I might have been joking with him when I brought him outside, which didn’t last long! He ran back inside to buy me more pre-natal vitamins.

Then we proceeded to do our best to hide it from his parents for the rest of the trip, which was pretty difficult seeing as we tend to drink more than usual when we visit…

All in all, it was a pleasant surprise filled with lots of learning!

Now…to the “What To Do When It’s You” portion of this blog…

Here’s what I’ve learned.


1. It’s okay that I drank the night before I found out!

According to research and conversations with my doctors, abstaining from alcohol should happen after the 6-week mark.


2. Keeping it a secret is really hard!

You’ve just found out this huge, life-changing thing and then you’re supposed to wait 3 months before you share the news? My advice is tell someone or a few friends and even your parents. Something I learned after the fact (because we waited until week 11/12 to share it with our parents) is that they would have liked to have known earlier just in case something were to go wrong, so they could “be supportive,” which is awesome and important!


3. Morning sickness is a real pain in the butt.

You may think it’s “not that serious.” And, for some women, it’s not, but for me…wooooh it was a doozy!


4. Don’t stress about your weight.

Easier said than done, right? I have purposely not looked at the scale one time since I became pregnant.  My doctors just let me know how many LBS I’ve gained with no specific number attached.  Which, helps me obsess less.


5. You’ll figure it out in your own way and that’s half the battle!


In the coming months I look forward to sharing my journey with you and researching products that will be helpful to expectant/new moms! I still have a lot to learn and look forward to talking about it with you.

Until next time,


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Christine O'Donnell

Hello! Thanks for stopping by. Here's a little bit about me. I'm a reporter, producer and promoter of all things female.

Bridging the gap between how men and women are treated in the world is something I'm passionate about.

I'm originally from Saratoga Springs, NY. I studied Journalism and Spanish at the University of Minnesota and rowed Division-1. In 2007, my crew of incredibly strong women and I won an NCAA Championship.

I love sharing stories, traveling and being active in the community.

My husband and I live near Manhattan Beach, CA with our two cats whom we are both obsessed with.

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